Cybersecurity future: on more step toward a healthy digital ecosystem

Last week, SERENE-RISC exceeded expectations by hosting more than 115 cybersecurity enthusiasts at its Spring 2015 Workshop.

On the first day of the workshop, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, addressed the audience of professionals from private and public sectors, academics and graduate students. Those attending the workshop also had the chance to hear presentations by national and international experts who came from as far away as The Hague in The Netherlands.

The opening keynote, given by Christopher Soghoian from the American Civil Liberties Union, set the tone for this two-day workshop and was appreciated by the participants. The feedback received also indicated that the high quality of the informal conversations was welcome.

Over the 5 subsequent sessions, 12 speakers addressed various aspects of the future of cybersecurity by providing participants with technical solutions and discussing issues such as privacy protection and spam, as well as addressing the legal and regulatory options.

The event contributed to closer ties among the participants and to continuing the development of a strong and diversified cybersecurity community. It was also a space where the participants could freely discuss sensitive information and better understand the roles of government in cybersecurity.

The Network is very happy to report participation by a very diverse audience with 31% from academia, 32% from government, and 38% from industry and not-for-profit.

SERENE-RISC would like to thank all the participants, speakers and volunteers that helped make this workshop a success.

The next SERENE-RISC biannual workshop will be hosted in Ottawa on October 28-29, 2015. Save the date!

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